An avid social media campaign recently saved the revival of Ntozake Shange’s “for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf,” which was in danger of closing even though it received seven Tony nominations.

By Special to the AFRO

Following an earlier announcement that the show must close the critically acclaimed and reimagined revival of Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking “for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf,” will now play an additional two weeks.

The revival of the cult classic will run through June 5 at Broadway’s Booth Theatre, located at 222 West 45th Street in New York City.

Producers previously announced that the final performance was on May 22, but supporters of the show had other plans.

The celebrated production has received seven Tony nominations, including Best Revival and a historic double nomination for “Best Direction of a Play and Best Choreography” for Camille A. Brown, the first person to receive both nominations for the same play. 

Kenita R. Miller received a nomination for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play,” Sarafina Bush received a nomination for “Best Costume Design of a Play,” Jiyoun Chang received a nomination for “Best Lighting Design of a Play” and Justin Ellington received a nomination for “Best Sound Design of a Play.”

A galvanizing campaign across social media secured an extension of the run, but also an extension of the call for female-identifying people of color to be gifted a pair of tickets. Many celebrities answered the call and purchased tickets to keep the show going and to ensure that women of color were able to experience this production.

Tickets are on sale for the show’s final weeks at Discounted tickets are now available to students who present a valid student ID at $25 per ticket. To gift tickets to female-identifying women of color, visit the following the landing page linked here.

“for colored girls…” is Camille A. Brown’s directorial debut on Broadway. She is the first Black woman to serve as both director and choreographer on Broadway in more than 65 years, bringing a reinvented, joyful and celebratory production of Shange’s seminal work back to its original home at the Booth Theatre, where the play premiered in 1976.

“for colored girls…” has received three Drama League Award nominations including Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Direction of a Play by Camille A. Brown and Distinguished Performance Award by Kenita R. Miller. The production has also received three Outer Critics Circle Award nominations including Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Director of a Play and Outstanding Choreography.

The cast stars Amara Granderson as Lady in Orange, Tendayi Kuumba as Lady in Brown, Kenita R. Miller as Lady in Red, Okwui Okpokwasili as Lady in Green, Stacey Sargeant as Lady in Blue, Alexandria Wailes as Lady in Purple, and D. Woods as Lady in Yellow. Rachel Christopher, Treshelle Edmond, McKenzie Frye, Kala Ross and Alexis Sims join the company as standbys and understudies.

“for colored girls…” features set design by Myung Hee Cho, costume design by Sarafina Bush, lighting design by Jiyoun Chang, sound design by Justin Ellington, projection design by Aaron Rhyne, and hair & wig design by Cookie Jordan. The show features original music by Martha Redbone and Aaron Whitby. Deah Love Harriott serves as the Music Director and Tia Allen is the Music Coordinator. The Production Stage Manager is Bernita Robinson and the Assistant Stage Manager is lark hackshaw. The production features casting by Erica Jensen/Calleri Jensen Davis and production supervision by Hudson Theatricals. Christina Franklin serves as the Associate Director and Maleek Washington and Mayte Natalio serve as Associate Choreographers.

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